Queensland Law Society

Queensland Law Society definitive on asylum seeker definitions

Date 28 Aug 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Fax 07 3221 9329
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society said today that inaccuracies in statements concerning asylum seekers had the potential to fuel misinformation in public debate.

President Annette Bradfield said community discussions about asylum seekers would be better informed by accurate statements regarding the content of international law and the Refugee Convention. 

“As a matter of law, all individuals have the legal right to seek asylum, regardless of the circumstances of entry.

“This accords with Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Refugee Convention (1951) under Article 31.

“There are no provisions in the Refugee Convention that allow governments to differentiate between asylum seekers based on their method of arrival.

“We encourage public debate on these important national issues to be correctly informed by the well-established principles of international law.”